ADOPT, DONATE, VOLUNTEER, FOSTER, SPREAD THE WORD!
We can all do our part to end the needless killing of homeless pets in American shelters!
On October 1, 2013, I started my Biking for Animals tour in Vermont, hoping to go through all 48
continental states. Due to health reasons, I had to cancel the tour after my California ride. I ended up doing a total of
30 states and about 2,000 miles. I did this to a) raise awareness about the millions of homeless pets that are killed
every year at shelters across the United States that have time and space limitations, and b) to raise money for
organizations that promote a no-kill approach to dealing with these animals.
We Americans love our pets so much, and yet an estimated four million healthy dogs and cats will be euthanized this year
in shelters across the US. This is both unacceptable and unnecessary.
A well-executed no-kill approach to homeless pets is the answer. On the national scale, organizations such as Best Friends
Animal Society are working to make this happen by starting a lot of great initiatives to tackle this important issue. Some
of these deal with the root of the problem (cutting down on irresponsible breeding, promoting TNR for cats, staging and
promoting spay and neuter events), while others, such as their adoption events and pet adoption centers, look to put
homeless pets into loving homes. They have developed and (financially) supported model programs across the country
designed to save the lives of pets, and to top it all off, they run their own sanctuary of nearly 1,700 pets! Because of
their efforts, many animals that would otherwise be euthanized, find happy homes, or are at least able to live out their
lives in peace.
There are many organizations and no-kill shelters that do the same sort of work on the local level. I wanted people to
know about the important work that they do, so I tried to visit as many of these as I could, getting some media coverage
along the way. Browse this list
or go to the No-Kill
to get even more local resources. Remember, many of these organizations rely on private donations to
keep helping animals, so open your hearts and your wallets!